Admissions Process | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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Admissions Process

How to Apply:
1st    Download our mobile app
Scan the QR code to download the My AUIS mobile app and start your application.
2nd    Sign up
Open the app and sign up. Enter your phone number and create a password.
3rd    Verify your account
Enter the verification code sent to your phone via SMS.
4th    Choose your account type
Choose “Applicant” from the account dropdown menu.
5th    Start your application
Fill in your personal information and the following pages about your high school education, scores, and AUIS preferences.
Last   Set your test date
Choose your placement date and submit your application.
Students coming from the local public and private schools need to apply at AUIS to start the application process. After applying at AUIS, and before studying the academic programs, students are advised to take the AUIS placement test (free of charge) for defining their English language skills. Throughout the results of the placement test, students will be divided into 2 different categories as below:
Academic Preparatory Program (APP) students: 
Hereby students will need to study the (APP) English language program according to their scores in the AUIS placement test (Each level consists of 10 weeks).
  • Foundations : The student needs to study 4 levels of English language
  •  Level 1 : The student needs to study 3 levels of English language
  • Level  2 : The student needs to study 2 levels of English language
  • Level  3 : The student needs to study only 1 level of English language
Under Graduate Program (UG) students: 
Hereby students will go directly to study their chosen programs and will not study the (APP) English language program.
*Students can be exempted from APP levels if they scored 72 in TOEFL iBT or 6.5 in IELTS academic


AUIS accepts high school certificates according to the regulations and requirements set by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR). In order to enroll at AUIS, students who graduate from international schools inside Iraq are required to first equalize their high school certificate at the KRG Directorate of Exams (Azmoonakan office) in Erbil. For starting the process, students are required to apply at AUIS, afterwards they will be provided with a support letter along with an application form by the Admissions office, this will help them with the process of equalizing their high school certificates at the Azmoonakan Directorate.

*Local applicants from international schools are exempted from taking the English language proficiency placement test

AUIS currently has students enrolled from all over Iraq, the Middle East, Europe and the world. 
All applicants must complete an English proficiency exam to be admitted, regardless of nationality. Students can submit official score reports for the following tests:
  • TOEFL IBT (only official ETS providers)
  • IELTS (only official British Council providers) 
  • Students can also take an English placement test at AUIS. 
After the process of applying at AUIS and providing the University with an accredited English proficiency test, students who graduate from international schools outside Iraq are required to first equalize their high school certificate at the KRG Directorate of Exams (Azmoonakan office) in Erbil in order to enroll at AUIS.
To be eligible for transfer credits, an applicant enrolling at AUIS should:
  1. Apply on MY AUIS application
  2. Submit physical copy of official university transcript to Registrar Office or PDF of official transcript to [email protected]
  3. Allow 1-3 weeks for AUIS to reply to transfer credit request; transcript will be viewed by relevant Department Chair and Registrar
  4. Receive final form (either PDF or physical copy) that outlines transcript credits granted
  5. AUIS will attempt to give final answer before final enrollment decision
University students from anywhere in the worlds are eligible to study abroad at AUIS. Study abroad is available for regular semesters (Fall or Spring), a full year, and intensive terms (summer or winter).
Studying abroad at AUIS offers students a unique opportunity to experience life in Sulaimani and Iraqi Kurdistan while completing English-language, international quality university coursework. To date, students from all over the world, including Denmark and Germany, have completed terms at AUIS.
In order to be eligible for study abroad, you must:
  1. Be currently enrolled as a full-time student at university outside of Iraq.
  2. Be proficient in English (either in the form of completed English-language university coursework an official, TOEFL iBT, IELTS score).
Transferring Credits 
Please note that the transferability of credits varies depending on your home institution; their transfer credits will determine the final outcome of the transfer process.
In order to be sure about the transferability of AUIS credits, please check with your home university before applying.  AUIS’s coursework is detailed in our Academic Catalog. Questions from your university to AUIS may be directed to [email protected].
How to Apply
In order to apply for study abroad at AUIS, you must send scanned PDF copies of the following documents to Wala Talib, Admissions Record Coordinator at [email protected]
  1. Study Abroad Application
  2. Official enrollment verification from home university
  3. Passport
  4. Proof of English proficiency (official transcript demonstrating completion of English courses or official score report of TOEFL iBT, IELTS)
*Please note that study abroad students do not need to equalize their information into the Iraqi system in order to be eligible for study abroad.





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